Valentine’s Day

Here is a place to see and practice some of the vocabulary associated with Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is always on Feb.14, and isn’t a legal holiday at all. It’s associated with cards and little gifts for our favorite romantic partner and people we feel special affection for. Schoolchildren often make or bring Valentines for each of their classmates and the teacher too.

Valentines Concentration

And here’s a print-out board game that generates some questions for discussion of relationships and romance. Ooh la la!

The verb “to marry” is tricky in English. Don’t forget: in English, one is married to someone, not with someone. Here’s a good practice site.

Adorable video/writing prompt:   What happened that started all of Cupid’s problems? What do you think happens after the video ends?

Error-Spotting and U.S. States

For Your Halloween Listening pleasure: A Headless Horseman

Most common errors made by ESL students in their compositions:

A Lively Way to Learn the Names and Locations of the Fifty States

This outline map includes a clue to each state’s name: the first letter. The most fun way to use the map is to project it onto a whiteboard. Divide students onto two teams. Give each team one marker of a color different from the other team’s marker. One player from each team may come to the board and write as many state’s names as they can. The state does not “belong” to a team until they have spelled the name correctly. The game can become noisy because students can coach from their seats. But remember: only two people should be at the board at any time.

Halloween Vocabulary and Fun, Ordinal Numbers and Quotation Marks

Here’s something clever to use as an aid in teaching both ordinal numbers and the use of quotation marks. After we read the poem about “Five Little Pumpkins” and analyze the use of quotation marks, a follow-up pair dictation will help pinpoint any problems students have using quotation marks. I like pair dictations where one student can see the video and the other can’t. The one who can see dictates the poem to his or her partner, line by line. The partner who can’t see the words writes down what he or she hears on an individual whiteboard..

This matching game is fun for everyone but only valuable as an ESL exercise if you identify the items in English as they are revealed.The exercise includes: haunted house, skull, bat,black cat, jack o’ lantern, witch’s hat, goblin behind a tombstone, ghost, spider web.

Follow the directions for an amazing interactive card trick.

Many American children learn this song in school.